Rd3 New South Wales - 26 June 2016





“Non-stop action!!”


NAS delivers the ultimate competitive experience for martial artists of all ages and backgrounds, from the young and enthusiastic Pee Wees to the powerful and fast paced adult divisions.

July 10th marked our Round 3 Tournament, and with over 35 different clubs in attendance, the exciting action of this year’s calender continued. A number of clubs travelled lengthy distances from around the state to be there. It was tremendous to experience the noise and excitement and see the support for our future stars and the returning champions as they all battled for a chance to represent New South Wales at this year’s National Titles in Melbourne. Big numbers in the Junior Divisions meant we were in for a fun day, whilst the adrenalin charged Black Belt action was eagerly anticipated.


Aided by their vocal supporters, the efforts of our junior competitors are a thrill to watch

they have loads of determination and plenty of spirit to boot. The Forms Divisions are always a pleasure to judge. A classy display from Larissa Govender from Double Dragon Shotokan proved to be too strong in the Pee Wee Forms. Team mate Terrence Li showed his talents in claiming second spot while the focused performance of Cody Reeley from Northern Lakes Martial Arts took out third place. Hamilton Seoung from Go Kan Ryu NSW extremely close in fourth spot. Impressing the crowd and judges alike, the contestants in the 16-17yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt division showed their dedication with very focused performances. Taking first place was Jack Dunkley from Kaishin Taekwondo with Samantha Owen representing Imugi Taekwondo in second and Nicholas Garavano of United Taekwondo in third by the narrowest of margins. Kieran Dark from Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts claimed fourth. Leaping across to another ring, the Male Black Belt Forms provided us with an exhibition of skill, poise and excellence. Vincent Xu of Chikara Kenpo Karate in a strong display claimed first place over the polished performance from Tony Gillespie from Imugi Taekwondo. The powerful moves of Ed Bateman from One Martial Arts assured him of third place ahead of a very impressive field.

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Loud gasps punctuated the applause as the audience were treated to the skills of the competitors in the Weapon divisions.

Still young, with big futures ahead of them, the 0-12yrs Division resulted in a Tao Gung Fu trifecta with Sam Tasharofi impressing to take first place from team mates Lincoln Vaughan and Kristian Carter. Kieran Dark from Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts took out first place in the 13-17yrs Division closely from Tao Gung Fu representatives Ali Akbari and Kira Linke. Wei Jiang of Tao Gung Fu took out the Senior Traditional Weapons event ahead a skilful exhibition from Luke Jacobs representing Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts. 

The Continuous Sparring events are an extremely popular feature of NAS Tournaments, and the action this week-end was no exception with many bouts bringing loud and enthusiastic support from the crowd. Stand out battles in the Junior Divisions came in the 10-11 years Female event. Mia Gillespie from Imugi Taekwondo showed she has all the skills, winning the favour of the judges on the day over the fast hands of Caitlin West from Goju Ryu Karate Panania. The hard fighting Caitlin Bunney from One Martial Arts took out third spot from the ‘never give in’ Tijana Rancic of Evolution Gym in a true ‘all styles’ event. Some ferocious battles raged in the 7-9yrs Continuous dividing the judges in a number of very close fights, Chloe Vance from Goju Ryu Karatedo claimed victory over the hard fighting Kai Windram from Kanzen Ryu Karate, Stan Testard of Double Dragon Shotokan took out third place from Jessica Harkin from Goju Ryu Karatedo in a tight tussle. Some tough ‘in close’ encounters highlighted the adult events. Turning in a strong performance in the Female Novice Continuous, Jennaya Palmer of Chikara Kenpo Karate was not to be denied on the day with Amy Melville from Tora Martial Arts showing strong skills in second place. Sarah Olive from Imugi Taekwondo fought out a great battle with team mate Nicole Gentle to claim third. Whilst in the Mens Novice Continuous event an exciting, tough final saw the nod given to Simon Tuppurainen from Imugi Taekwondo in a split decision the hard fighting Philip Millikin of Isshin Ryu Australia. Gary Welham of United Taekwondo in his first NAS outing claimed third from Imugi Taekwondo’s Michael Owen. 

An absolute highlight of the tournament is the Point Sparring events. The action is hard and exciting and is shaping up to be a great proving ground for all age groups and rank divisions. Some standout events were the young combatants in the 8-9yrs 5thKyu-Black Belt event where Koby Enright of Kinetic Martial Arts battled Brandon Samuel of Go Kan Ryu NSW point for point in the final. Koby taking the win on the bell. Stan Testard of Double Dragon Shotokan fought it out with Noah Ellis-Helmers of Northern Lakes Martial Arts for third place. The final of the Female Black Belt event was a seesawing struggle between Kym Housden of Kaishin Taekwondo and Vicki Chase of One Martial Arts, some quick high kicks late in the bout gave Kym the win on the day. Nicole Simons of Japanese Academy of Martial Arts fought hard to claim third place. The Male Black Belt Open event had the crowd on their feet as skills were tested to the limit in some nail-biting action! Claiming victory on the day was Luke Jacobs of Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts in a lightning fast final with Ed Bateman of One Martial Arts. Loud crowd support accompanied the battle for third taken out by John Marchand fromTaekwondo. The appreciative crowd was treated to some great displays of fighting skill and timing in an exciting, close division.  

A day of non-stop action and martial arts thrills…and loads of fun as well!!

Special thanks goes to our great team of Ring and Table Officials and volunteers for a terrific job on a busy and demanding day, your professionalism and dedication made it all possible.

My thanks and appreciation to our terrific state sponsor TORA MARTIAL ARTS SUPPLIES

Many thanks also to Mr John Nitis for the terrific action shots. 

Any instructor or club who would like to become part of the exciting NAS action give me a call anytime.

Gary Palmer NSW Director: 0410 335 937. 

I look forward to seeing you all again for another exciting day at Round 4 on August 28th.

This will be the last chance to qualify for the State and National Championships..be there!!


Competitor Profile  pic48


 Name: Chloe Vance


 Style: Go Ju Ryu Karate Do


How long have you trained?


I have been training for 3 years.


Where do you train?


I train at Go Ju Ryu Karate’s Panania Dojo


(home dojo) & at UFC Gym Alexandria. (performance striking)


Can you tell us what you like about the NAS competition?


I like pre-training for the events and I really like competition day


Best moment/memory in competition with the NAS?


My best moment in competition is seeing my training put into action!


Have you a favourite technique in competition?


My favourite technique is Nippon (head high kick)


Favourite martial artist...


I have a few... Jackie Chan, Geoff O’Hara (UFC Head Coach)

Sensei Pat (Go Ju Ryu Head Coach), & Daddy!


What are your future goals in the NAS?


My goal is to continue to compete in good sportsmanship representing


our dojo; Go Ju Ryu Karate Do Panania.


Club Profile: Ta-Mo Martial Arts  pic47






Stephen Atkinson




Taekwondo, Kung Fu


How long have you trained?


I have been training since 1974; so 42 years 


Location of club & nights you train?


Monday to Friday and Saturday at our full-time training centre in Mittagong NSW


How did you find out about the NAS competition?


Originally from Blitz magazine


What do you like about the NAS competition?  


I like how NAS has a sense of fun, friendship and sportsmanship but within a context of maintaining the traditional values of courtesy and respect. The judging I find to be overall fair and impartial (no-one is perfect) with a view to continual improvement. The forms section allows for differences of style within the framework of definite criteria. Also the 2 types of sparring allow for expression of skill within a safe environment for the competitors.


Name some of your up-coming champions from your club and how they are placing in the NAS competition…..


All our competitors from Round 3, Luke Jacobs, Kieren Dark, Ben Henwood and Rebecca Geraghty gained first places and have the ability to go on to bigger and better things and I look forward to seeing them improve even further in competition with greater time and experience.


What are your future goals for your organisation?


My goal is always to keep learning and improving both as a practitioner, coach and head of organisation. One important aspect of bringing my team up to NAS is the fact that we are exposed to so many other fine martial artists from many different styles and traditions. I feel that it is important to try to learn from them so that we can develop our own technique and attitudes to a higher level. This benefits not only our competitors but also the many students in our organisation who train with us at our club, but who do not compete, as we bring these improvements back with us. I find it both inspiring and humbling to see some of the martial arts on display at NAS, not only from the other various clubs there but also even from my own students.


NSW Referees, Judges and Officials



I personally wish to thank all members of the NAS NSW Referees Board and pass on my gratitude and congratulations to all of you for an outstanding job of Officiating and supporting NAS! You really are the best of the best! We have had a tremendous start to the year, made possible by your contribution. Your efforts have earned the respect of all the attending martial art schools, coaches and competitors. By putting others first you have displayed dedication, professionalism and true martial spirit! I am really looking forward to working with you at this year’s Tournaments and at the State and National Championships in Melbourne. Thank you for all your hard work, it wouldn’t happen without you!

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